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In a madcap effort to get something made for Scoochmaroo's papercraft contest and my inability to do anything the easy way, I've gone and made a quasi-lifesize Koopa Troopa based on the Super Mario Galaxy version. Since this wasn't a painting competition, he's done in basic white, and later I will do a "Painting your quasi-lifesize Koopa Troopa Papercraft" instructable during which time you can continue being amazed at how difficult one person can make their own life. So, here goes:
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Step 1:

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So we start with the game model. This format is called an MTL, and to be honest, I have no idea how to work with this format to save my life. But a handy little program called Crafty can open them, revealing an odd wireframe reminiscent  of nothing in particular. Why is this important? Well, you can use Crafty to export the file into a format we can actually use. Export it as an OBJ file, and save it where you can find it.

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Now you'll need to check out your model and make sure it's feasible for a real world application. Game models tend to have overlapping sections to allow for character movement, but your papercraft isn't going anywhere unless you are REALLY talented. I use a 3D editor called "Art of Illusion" to mess with the models, and to be honest, 90% of it's guess work and overuse of the "undo changes" button. Anyway, when your done, save your work under another name so you still have access to the original file if you find out it won't work.
poofrabbit2 years ago
Congratulations on being one of the winners in Scoochmaroo Papercraft Challenge!!
Capn Badger (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
.. and I didn't know until you told me! Thanks!! Good luck with yours!
Dr Qui2 years ago
Once again pure quality.

Your last post put me in the mood for some SNES fun and I spent last Sunday playing Super Marioworld on the ZSNES emulator.  I have to say its much easier with save states, a playstation controller clone so you don't get that dent in your right index finger from trying to keep the run button held.  I have found 95 of the 96 level exits and am stumped to as where the last one is.

Lemmy Koopa is my favorite.
bubot172 years ago
pepakura is a bit pricy :( $38 for a password? a bit too much for me :(

but great job on your statue :D
Pepakura is free, mostly.
With the free version you can open view and edit models, but you just cannot save them. If you dedicate an afternoon to any unfolding/layout along with creating the project, you will be just fine.
I think 123d Make by autodesk has a folded paper option that you could use instead of pepakura
Capn Badger (author)  bubot172 years ago
I hear you there, but it's still cheaper than a lot of other software, and if you use it like I do it's totally worth it. Thanks for the comment and compliment!!
poofrabbit2 years ago
This is very cool, I wish you had the templates I would love to make some of these for my classroom next year that I'm themed Nintendo!

I bet you feel pretty accomplished after making this!!! It's always fun to take on a complicated task and finish it with such amazing craftsmanship! 5 stars and you have my vote!
Capn Badger (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Thank you so much. I sent you a PM about it. On to the next one!!
Thank you so much!! I sent you a PM back and you rock!